HOUSTON – Alleged injuries sustained while using a piece of equipment almost two years ago have prompted a Fort Bend County woman to sue her employer, recent Houston federal court records show.
Rianna Freund filed a personal injury lawsuit against Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. on Dec. 5 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, claiming that she hurt her lower back using a paint shaker at the defendant’s Rosenberg store on Dec. 23, 2016.
Freund was in the process of removing a gallon bucket from the shaker at the time of the subject incident.
Court documents assert that the machine malfunctioned because the business “habitually painted the paint counter and paint shakers beneath the counter to cover up paint splashes and to maintain a uniform appearance.”
“This repeated painting caused a thick layer of paint to form on the paint shaker, which in turn interfered with the dynamics of the paint shaker’s suction,” the suit says. “The layered paint made it unreasonably difficult to separate paint buckets from the paint shaker.”
Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.
She is represented by Megan C. Savage of the law firm Armstrong Lee Savage LLP in Houston.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:18-CV-4579